Christian Ngan is the Founder and CEO of Madlyn Cazalis Group, a bourgeoning Cameroonian bio-cosmetic company with more than 60 retail outlets across Africa.
He is also the Founder of Goldsky Partners, a consulting firm and the Managing Director of Société d’Expansion Pharmaceutique des Acacias, a rising pharmaceutical company.
Born in Douala, Cameroon on 23 December 1983 into a middle-class Christian Cameroonian family, Christian lived in Yaounde until 2002, when he left for France to further his education.
In 2012, the entrepreneur took a life transforming decision to quit his job and return to Cameroon with a vision to reface the Cameroonian cosmetic company and to save fellow Africans from the harmful effects of substandard skin lightening products.
He knew it was time to present the truth to his people, to make them see what enormous damage they were doing to their young, black and beautiful skins by settling for the numerous substandard products, that had infiltrated the market and also to provide a natural and well adapted alternative.
And so, in July 2012, with just $3.000, the young entrepreneur launched his company.
Madlyn Cazalis’ main goal is to establish various investment projects in Africa, to raise consciousness, and make Africans proud of their identity by creating quality-African-owned products.
Christian holds Master’s degrees in Financial Engineering, International Affairs, and Management. And a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, also a degree in Economics from University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, a Certificate from French Trade Advisors and a Honorary Diploma delivered by Catholic University of Central Africa to Madlyn Cazalis for promoting youth business initiatives in Africa.
Before setting up Madlyn Cazalis’ brand in 2012, Christian worked as an Associate at Findercod, an Investment Banking firm in Paris where he focused on Long Term Financing and Private Equity areas.
In 2010 he worked within the Corporate Finance division of Quilvest Group, a Family Office and Private Equity fund with $30 billion assets under management. His focus was mainly on mergers, acquisitions and fundraising assignments in numerous sectors such as Consumer Goods, Energy Cleantech, Technology, Media, Telecom, Financial Services and Luxury.
The Cameroonian change agent has also worked at Société Générale Credit and Investment Banking in Paris as a Leveraged Buy Out Analyst and for the Ministry of the Economy and Finance in Cameroon as an Economic Research Assistant.
Well, it’s no surprise how much recognition and awards the young business man has amassed in just three years of business.
He had the honour of speaking at the TEDxAkwa, the first TED Talk in a French-Speaking African country. In 2014, he was invited to Libreville by His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, to discuss on social and economic issues. He was also a speaker at the Islamic Development Bank 40th Anniversary in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He is a recipient of numerous awards and nominations from major institutions such as CEO Magazine for “Titans Building Nations” and CNBC Africa for “West Africa Best Young Leader of the Year”. He is the Cameroon “Get in the Ring Investment Battle” 2014 Winner.
In the same year, he was listed by Forbes as one of the “30 Most promising entrepreneurs in Africa”, and also by Young People in International Affairs as one of the “Top 35 Africans under 35” and among the Top 100 Africa Economic Leaders for Tomorrow by Choiseul Institute in France.
At every opportunity, he shares his secret with young Africans; “If you have big dreams and find yourself frustrated in life, quit your job and launch your own company. Money doesn’t make the project, the project makes the money”.
Christian Ngan has a firm belief that, “Everybody has a potential to achieve great things, you just have to identify your talent and develop your skills.”